Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Push to Have Students Factor Into Teacher Evaluations - Chicago News Cooperative

A Push to Have Students Factor Into Teacher Evaluations - Chicago News Cooperative:


A Push to Have Students Factor Into Teacher Evaluations

The Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union opened negotiations earlier this month on a state-mandated requirement about what should–and should not–be included in teachers’ performance evaluations.
CPS and the union have until March to grapple with the specific terms, such as what tests to use for measuring academic growth, how much the results should factor into the evaluations, and how to measure the performance of teachers whose subjects are not tested on state exams.
To add to the mix, an organized group of public school students, the Voices of Youth in Chicago Education(VOYCE), are preparing a formal request to CPS in the coming months to include student input in the new teacher evaluation system.
Some teachers want their students to weigh in on their performance.
“I think my students are in a unique position to evaluate me because they are the only people who see me teach every day of the year,” said Alex Seeskin, an English teacher at Lakeview High School.
Still, many Chicago teachers remain hesitant and the CTU has not formally endorsed the inclusion of student 

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